It sounds like Guy Ritchie wants to stick with a sure thing, and the box office hit Sherlock Holmes is as sure as it gets. We haven’t heard a lot about the film’s success due to the overshadowing of Avatar, but it’s grossed almost 390 million dollars worldwide. According to the most recent reports, Ritchie is focusing all his attention of the upcoming detective sequel and leaving the DC Comics adaptation of Lobo in the dust.

According to the Hero Complex, there’s been a massive shift in Ritchie’s priorities and Lobo is no longer one of them. Super-producer Joel Silver recently gave an interview to the blog where he dropped the bomb that Ritchie’s no longer interested in doing the comic book movie. How would he know? Well, Silver is one of the producers on Holmes and Lobo, and will be working on the sequel as as well. It turns out that Warner Bros wants to capitalize on the film’s success and turn it into a full fledged franchise as soon as possible. Here’s what Silver had to say,

“I don’t think he’s going to do it now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another Sherlock Holmes… So we’re trying to see if we can do something quickly with another Sherlock Holmes movie. We have some ideas and some good story points.”

He went on to say that they’ll likely go with another director for Lobo (as if they have a choice). The whole gang is expected to return to the Sherlock fold including stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Silver stated that, “Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I’d love to see him play it again.”

If you’ve seen the previous movie, you know the ending is left wide open for a new villain to emerge, and rumors have been circulating that he could be played by Brad Pitt. Silver wouldn’t confirm the speculation, but he did say that they’ve been talking it, but he doesn’t know what they’re going to do at this point.

Aside from a few dialogue issues, Sherlock Holmes was a pretty entertaining film. The set-up for the sequel was genius and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Who do you think should replace Ritchie and direct Lobo?